J.H. Benigni



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The Road (excerpt)

Posted by JH Benigni on October 16, 2014 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (44)

The Road (excerpt)

by Cormac McCarthy


When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him. Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before. Like the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away the world. His hand rose and fell softly with each precious breath. He pushed away the plastic tarpaulin and raised himself in the stinking robes and blankets and looked toward t...

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Character Development Worksheet

Posted by JH Benigni on October 16, 2014 at 1:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Character Development Worksheet

(Add optional photograph to character profile)

Name: _________________________________________________________________

Hometown: _____________________________________________________________

Currently lives in: ________________________________________________________

Other places lived in or traveled to: __________________________________________

Current job: _____________________________________________________________

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Fiction 4

Posted by JH Benigni on October 6, 2014 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

The Things They Carried

By Tim O’Brien


First Lieutenant Jimmy Cross carried letters from a girl named Martha, a junior at Mount Sebastian College in New Jersey. They were not love letters, but Lieutenant Cross was hoping, so he kept them folded in plastic at the bottom of his rucksack. In the late afternoon, after a day's march, he would dig his foxhole, wash his hands under a canteen, unwrap the letters, hold them with the tips of his fingers, and spend the las...

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Fiction 3

Posted by JH Benigni on October 5, 2014 at 8:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Hills Like White Elephants

By Ernest Hemingway


The hills across the valley of the Ebro were long and white. On this siode there was no shade and no trees and the station was between two lines of rails in the sun. Close against the side of the station there was the warm shadow of the building and a curtain, made of strings of bamboo beads, hung across the open door into the bar, to keep out flies. The American and the girl with him sat at a table in the shade, outside ...

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Fiction 2

Posted by JH Benigni on September 25, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)


Fiction May 28, 2007 Issue


by George Saunders




Twice already Marie had pointed out the brilliance of the autumnal sun on the perfect field of corn, because the brilliance of the autumnal sun on the perfect field of corn put her in mind of a haunted house—not a haunted house she had ever actually seen but the mythical one that sometimes appeared in her mind (with adjacent graveyard and cat on a fence) wh...

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Fiction 1

Posted by JH Benigni on September 25, 2014 at 3:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Fiction September 15, 2014 Issue: The New Yorker

The Dinosaurs on Other Planets

By Danielle McLaughlin




From the ditch behind the house, Kate could see her husband up at the old forestry hut, where mottled scrubland gave way to dense lines of trees. “Colman!” she called, but he didn’t hear. She watched him swing the axe in a clean arc and thought that from this distance he could be any age. Lately...

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Posted by JH Benigni on March 19, 2014 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)



Description: Each session, we will do a lesson on a craft element of creative writing (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and dramatic writing), discuss the week's reading (provided), do in-class writing exercises, and workshop each other’s work. If you have anything you are currently working on, you may bring it to class, and if there is time at the end, we can discuss it. You are not obligated to share your writ...

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